1978 Rolex Day Date Red Vignette Dial Ref. 18038

Year of issue: 1978
Reference number: 18038
Condition: mint
Status: available
Dealer country: Dubai
Dealer name: Tariq Malik
Price in US $ 29,680


Vignette       - This wonderful 18038 dates back to 1978 and is in beautiful vintage  condition.  The case remains well proportioned with rich and even lugs.  The gold has aged to a beautiful rosy color. Now to the highlight of this watch. The case is fitted with a Red Vignette Diamond dial, also called degrade dial because of the degrading color in the middle of the dial which becomes darker towards the edge of the dial. The lacquer used for these dials is similar to the one used for Stella dials and there is a special technique how the degrade look is achieved. With Stella dials becoming very rare the Vignette dials are still in a very reasonable price range. The color on this one is sheer amazing.  This is the kind of watch which is your companion on a nice cigar evening.

Brand Rolex
Model Day Date
Ref. No. 18038
Serial No. 5415XXX
Year 1978
Gender Gents
Case Size 36mm
Case Very nice vintage condition case that has been polished in the past and is showing some wear from age. The numbers between the lugs are readable and fully intact
Bracelet / Strap President bracelet which shows some stretch from age. 19 links
Dial Excellent Red Vignette dial with Diamond markers. The tritium dots are original and matching the hands
Price AED 109,500 / USD 29,680
Crystal Sapphire
Movement Automatic
Functions Day Date
Condition Very good
Box No
Papers No


Tariq Malik


In 1956, the Oyster Perpetual Day-Date made its debut. Available only in 18 ct gold or platinum, it was the first wristwatch to display the date and day of the week spelt out in full in a window on the dial. With the President bracelet, originally created specially for it, the Day-Date continues to be the watch par excellence of influential people.


Rolex watches have long been associated with those who have, over time, guided the destiny of the world. No matter their vision, their domain of excellence, or their achievements, the one thing these exceptional men and women have in common is often their watch: the Day-Date.